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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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Sexuality, Mortality, Failure — 'My Ex-Life' Has Fun Asking Big Questions

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 1:01pm

A divorced couple reconnects after nearly 30 years apart in Stephen McCauley's new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says My Ex-Life is a social satire that's "suffused with generosity."

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Forget 'Good Times,' David Sedaris Is Far More Interested In 'Bad Behavior'

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:30pm

Calypso features stories about family, aging and mortality. In his 61 years, Sedaris says he's learned two things: Be careful when you buy scented candles, and always have a joke in your back pocket.

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Violinist Johnny Gandelsman Infuses Bach's 'Sonatas & Partitas' With Joy

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 2:30pm

Gandelsman has been celebrated for playing a wide variety of music, from purely classical to the most inventive contemporary pieces. He takes on Bach's complex sonatas and partitas on his new album.

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 8:00am

Todd Purdum's new book is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast April 9, 2018.

Fresh Air Weekend: Journalist Ronan Farrow; Actress Krysten Ritter

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 8:00am

Farrow talks about investigating the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and his new book, War on Peace. Ken Tucker reviews Courtney Barnett's new album. Ritter discusses her role as Jessica Jones.

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Fresh Air Remembers Novelist Philip Roth

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:35pm

We listen back to excerpts from Roth's interviews about The Plot Against America and Everyman. Roth died Tuesday at age 85. He spoke with Terry Gross seven times over the years.

Venture Into The Australian Wilderness For A Chilling 'Picnic At Hanging Rock'

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:19pm

As the story goes, on Valentine's Day 1900, several students and their teacher slipped away from a holiday picnic and never returned. Amazon's new six-part TV miniseries explores the legend.

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Is A High-Speed, Low-Energy Intergalactic Heist

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:34pm

The latest blockbuster from Disney and Lucasfilm tells of the early adventures of Han Solo. Critic Justin Chang says the plot somehow feels both utterly inconsequential and exasperatingly busy.

Philip Roth: 'You Begin Every Book As An Amateur'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:22pm

The influential novelist won almost every major literary award, but still found the writing process was full of discovery. "Each and every sentence is a revelation," he said. Roth died Tuesday at 85.

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Ronan Farrow: 'I Was Raised With An Extraordinary Sense Of Public Service'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 1:31pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about growing up the son of famous parents, investigating the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and writing his new book, War on Peace.

'The Split' Explores The Price And Permutations Of Breaking Up

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:08pm

Sundance TV's new six-part series centers on a family of high-billing divorce lawyers whose own private lives are as messy as the cases they're handling.

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New Book Explores The Science Of Pregnancy 'Like A Mother'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:08pm

As a first-time mother, journalist Angela Garber craved unbiased, scientific information — not just anecdotal advice. Her new book debunks myths and assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth.

Courtney Barnett's New Album Blends Forceful Guitar With Lyrical Complexity

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:08pm

Barnett sings about fame, feminism and self-doubt on her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel. Ken Tucker says the songs are like "inner monologues, shaped and sharpened for public consumption."

'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Reboot Is Good — Just Not As Great As The Original

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:51pm

Critic David Bianculli describes Amazon's Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as a slightly more stylized — though ultimately "hit and miss" — version of the classic cartoon.

Novelist Michael Chabon: 'My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang'

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:51pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

Fresh Air Weekend: Actress Annette Bening; Comic Tig Notaro

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 8:00am

Bening describes acting as "a fabulous way to expand your own heart." Critic Ken Tucker reviews Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy. Notaro's new Netflix special is Happy to Be Here.

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HBO's Heavy-Handed 'Fahrenheit 451' Lacks The Poetry Of Ray Bradbury's Original

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:21pm

Critic Dave Bianculli says that the new TV movie "dilutes and deflates" the 1953 novel it draws from. Viewers should "skip the movie, and go back and read Bradbury's book."

In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:21pm

St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels featuring Patrick Melrose, an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family, are now the basis of a Showtime miniseries. Originally broadcast May 20, 2014.

How Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State' Is Leading To The Dismantling Of Government

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:57pm

New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.

'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:41pm

Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic.

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